Johnny Sauter, driver of the No. 21 Alamo Rent A Car / Allegiant Travel Chevrolet Silverado, earned a seventh-place finish in Sunday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The finish marked Sauter’s third top-10 finish in four starts at the Ontario road course and his 11th top-10 result for the 2016 season.
The 38-year-old driver started from the 11th position after completing two rounds of multi-vehicle qualifying. Sauter entered the top 10 on the third lap of the race, and on lap six he reported to crew chief Joe Shear that he was loose on right-handed turns and tight on left-handed turns. The first caution of the day occurred on lap nine with Sauter visiting pit road for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Several trucks stayed on track, forcing Sauter to restart from the 19th position. The No. 21 slowly picked up positions, riding in 16th on lap 20 when Sauter requested for the changes made on the last stop to be reversed. Sauter returned to pit road under green on lap 25 for tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment. Shear told Sauter he would have to return to pit road on lap 32 for fuel to ensure they could make it to the end. The Necedah, Wis., native returned to the track in the 20th position and kept his Alamo Rent-A-Car / Allegiant Travel Chevrolet out of trouble through four additional yellow flag periods. Following the final caution of the day, the race entered overtime and Sauter restarted from the sixth position. He took over fifth place as the white flag was displayed, but coming to the checkered he lost two positions as he backed out of the gas to avoid a wreck at the start-finish line.
Sauter is now third in the driver championship point standings with one win heading into the regular season finale at Chicagoland Speedway. The NCWTS Chase begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 24.
JOHNNY SAUTER QUOTE:
“I’ve never been a road course racer so I think today was decent. I gave up two spots there at the end. I just couldn’t see anything coming to the checkered flag because of all of the dirt and didn’t want to tear up a truck for no reason. That was an interesting finish, to say the least, but it was a good clean day for the No. 21 team. We’ll go to Chicagoland and see if we can get another win to improve our spot heading into the Chase.”
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on September 17 at Chicagoland Speedway.
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